Feb 20 2012

Boat tours of the Singapore River

Whether you’re on a tight schedule or just have aching feet, a cruise along the Singapore River is a great way to sit back and soak up Singapore’s sights. Regular boat tours last about 30 minutes and cruise past the city’s most iconic landmarks including the Merlion and Marina Bay Sands. Two companies operate boat … read the full post

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Feb 15 2012

Meet Singapore’s Merlion

Half-lion, half-fish, the Merlion is the trademarked mascot of Singapore. No, this absurd creature isn’t from a local myth or children’s story; it was dreamed up by the Singapore Tourism Board in 1964 to use as their logo. The fish body represents Singapore’s long history as a port and the lion head is a reference … read the full post

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Feb 13 2012

On Singapore’s World War II trail: Fort Siloso

Think Sentosa Island is all fun and games? Before it was Singapore’s playground, the island was home to military fortresses, which protected the Singapore Harbour from pirates during the colonial days and the Japanese navy during World War II. Fort Siloso, the only surviving fort, is now a military museum open to the public. According … read the full post

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Feb 08 2012

Photo essay: Thaipusam in Singapore 2012

Published by under Festivals,Photos

For one day each year, the streets of central Singapore are blocked off to make way for the Hindu festival of Thaipusam, a celebration of spirituality through self-sacrifice. This year it took place on February 7, 2012. Thousands of people walk the four-kilometre Thaipusam pilgrimage route carrying flower garlands or milk pots to give as … read the full post

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Feb 06 2012

Internet cafes in Singapore

Published by under Phone & internet

With free WiFi in many public places and practically every Singaporean wielding an iPhone, internet cafes are quickly becoming a thing of the past in Singapore. Thankfully, if you need to do some impromptu web surfing, printing, or Skyping a few internet cafes survive in all of the city’s central neighbourhoods. Little India is home … read the full post

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Feb 02 2012

Photo: Graffiti in the botanic gardens

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Singapore’s wonderful botanic gardens boasts many attractions — we’ve always been particular fans of the orchid garden and simply that there’s such a lovely rolling splash of greenery so close to the centre of town. Near the orchid garden you’ll find a graffiti strewn tree decorated with everything from “Dave was here” through to melodramatic … read the full post

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Feb 01 2012

Chowing down at Chinatown Food Street

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Singapore may be famous for its street food, but in this sterile city-state only one place remains where you can literally dine on the street. After dark, busy Smith Street is blocked off from traffic to become Chinatown Food Street, where you can feast on fried noodles and Tiger Beer beneath the red lanterns. While … read the full post

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Jan 30 2012

Thaipusam in Singapore 2012

Published by under Festivals

Will you be in Singapore on February 7, 2012?  If so, you won’t want to miss Thaipusam, a gruesome but very fascinating festival practised by the Tamil Hindu community. This annual religious event is also celebrated in India, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia (the Travelfish.org Kuala Lumpur correspondent wrote about it, too). Update February 8, 2012: … read the full post

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Jan 26 2012

The best hostels in Singapore’s Chinatown

Published by under Accommodation

When backpackers come to Singapore they typically make their home at one of the hostels in Bugis or Little India. While it’s true that these neighbourhoods have a lot to offer budget travellers, don’t forget about Chinatown. Singapore’s Chinatown offers a central location,  amazing food, tons of culture, vibrant street markets, and top-notch hostels. Comfortable, … read the full post

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Jan 24 2012

Comedy Masala night in Singapore

Published by under Bars & nightlife

With a record that includes banning chewing gum and censoring slapstick comedies like Borat, it’s fair to say that Singapore is not known for its sense of humour. But that doesn’t mean Singaporeans don’t enjoy a good laugh. To see the city-state at its silliest and most politically incorrect, check out Comedy Masala night every … read the full post

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